Tree climber: What is it and how to become one
Even trees need a little care and maintenance from time to time. If you enjoy the great outdoors, you could start a career as a tree climber. Learn about the different types of trees in your local area and learn how to care for them. You may need to remove branches, treat diseases or perform aerial rescues from time to time. The tree climber profession is perfect for those who like adventure.
What is a tree climber?
Let’s start with the basics – a tree climber ascends or descends trees to perform their job responsibilities. They may work for homeowners, councils or companies who need professional tree climbers. You can work in a team of tree climbers or on your own. Although, you will usually need an aerial lift specialist to help you get up the tree.
What does tree climbing involve?
Tree climbing usually involves removing branches that threaten the safety of the property and the people around it. For example, a branch may have been damaged in a storm and is now dangling above a popular walking route. It could fall on someone and injure them at any time. A tree climber can cut this branch down safely and make sure the surrounding area is stable. You will need some landscaping tools to help you prune and chop different trees.
Tree climbers often spray pesticides to eliminate insects living in the tree. These insects can damage the tree’s health over time. Similarly, climbers can also apply a disease treatment to the tree to protect it from powdery mildew, anthracnose and lethal yellowing.
Sometimes people climb trees only to discover they can’t get down. A tree climber can perform an aerial rescue to help rescue another person. They will secure a safety hardness to help the person descend from the tree.
How to become a tree climber?
You need to finish your basic high school qualifications to become a tree climber. Try to choose subjects that will help you with your tree knowledge, such as biology, chemistry and PE. You need to be fit enough to climb trees and chop off branches.
After high school, you can study arboriculture to learn about the species of trees, diseases and care techniques. You could take further courses in biology and forestry to improve your resume. You need a solid foundation of tree knowledge before you can begin to work as a professional climber.
You will need to undergo aerial rescue training and first aid certifications. Tree climbers need to handle dangerous situations as safely as possible. You may need to perform CPR on someone who has fallen from a tree. It’s best to be prepared for every scenario. Once you have your tree climbing license, you can start gaining professional experience in the field.
Become a professional tree climber, and spend your days in the great outdoors.
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